Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 179, Issue 1, pp 141–145

Pneumonitis caused by silicone gel following breast implant rupture

  • S. Paredes Vila
  • F. J. Gonzalez Barcala
  • J. Suarez Antelo
  • M. Moldes Rodriguez
  • I. Abdulkader Nallib
  • L. Valdes Cuadrado
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s11845-009-0369-6

Cite this article as:
Paredes Vila, S., Gonzalez Barcala, F.J., Suarez Antelo, J. et al. Ir J Med Sci (2010) 179: 141. doi:10.1007/s11845-009-0369-6

Abstract

Introduction

There have been reports of pneumonitis associated with subcutaneous injection of liquid silicone, and of other pulmonary conditions due to cohesive silicone gel prostheses, but we know of no previous cases of pneumonitis associated with silicone gel.

Materials and methods

We report the case of a patient with a cohesive silicone gel mammary prosthesis in whom silicone-induced pneumonitis was diagnosed following radiological observation of pulmonary infiltrates and tests including transbronchial biopsy, which revealed the presence of silicone in alveolar histiocytes and small blood vessels.

Conclusion

Following removal of the ruptured prosthesis and a course of systemic corticoids, the patient progressed favourably.

Keywords

Thoracic surgery Silicone Pneumonitis Breast implant 

Copyright information

© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Paredes Vila
    • 1
  • F. J. Gonzalez Barcala
    • 1
  • J. Suarez Antelo
    • 1
  • M. Moldes Rodriguez
    • 2
  • I. Abdulkader Nallib
    • 3
  • L. Valdes Cuadrado
    • 1
  1. 1.Servicio de NeumologiaComplexo Hospitalario de SantiagoSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.Servicio de Cirugía TorácicaComplexo Hospitalario de SantiagoSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  3. 3.Servicio de Anatomía PatológicaComplexo Hospitalario de SantiagoSantiago de CompostelaSpain

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